Democrats considering changes in the Iowa caucus process heard advice Saturday from an unusual source: Republicans. Republican Party of Iowa Chairman Jeff Kaufmann and veteran GOP activist David Oman spoke at the first meeting of the Iowa Democratic Party’s 20-member caucus review committee. The committee was organized after Democrats drew complaints and concerns about their historically close Feb 1. caucuses. Some of the Democrats on the committee indicated an interest in borrowing from the GOP process. Some even suggested using a simple vote to determine the caucus winner rather than intricate dance of preference groups and delegate equivalents that make the Democrats’ process seem obscure and inaccessible.
Iowa Democratic Party Chairwoman Andy McGuire said all proposals would be considered. “There is no suggestion that is off the table,” she said.
Republicans were invited to share their experience after recovering from a near-calamity in 2012, when the wrong candidate was declared the winner on caucus night.
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